Yesterday, I followed a Facebook link put up by a friend to a post describing The Wonderment Curriculum by Raising Arrows. I clicked on the link out of curiosity, but was highly skeptical that I would find much merit in a pre-school curriculum. Her post moved me to tears. Joyful tears.
This is it! This is what we do! And she described it so well.
To illustrate how this plays out in real life, I'll show you what a part of our day last week looked like.
It was sunny and mild, and we try to spend the better part of every such day outdoors. I hung up the laundry while the Littles became fascinated by the dandelions growing in the yard and kept bringing "flowers for mama". Who can resist flowers so sweetly given? I set my gifts in a tray used to sprout seeds so they wouldn't blow away.
And then came the idea... why not fill each section of the tray? (I realized the added benefit that picking the dandelions before they went to seed would mean less to spread through the yard, so I encouraged as much dandelion picking as they were interested in doing.) So Big Littles went about filling the tray with Little Littles adding to it occasionally. Big Littles and I did some comparing/contrasting of the sizes of the blooms, counted them, noted patterns in the tray, later we talked about why they wilt after they are picked... who knew there was so much learning that could happen by casually picking dandelions? Big Littles became so engrossed that he filled a second tray!
Meanwhile, on his own, Little Littles got out his wheelbarrow and got to work. He trotted around the yard and picked at least a HUNDRED dandelions! He was such a focused little worker and he was so proud of his accomplishment!
These are precious moments of wonder, and this is the way we do pre-school.